Broadway Comes To You — In Your Living Room And On Your Yoga Mat
Lovers of Broadway, dance, and exercise that are isolated at home during these uncertain times, have a new way to enjoy the arts - and get some much-needed exercise. Broadway’s top choreographers and dancers and ballerinas from the American Ballet Theater will be sharing daily their personal at-home workouts inspired by their shows on a brand-new group called “Get in Shape Grrl” on Facebook.
This creative idea was sparked when Jenna Segal, award-winning producer (Hadestown, Gigi, What The Constitution Means To Me), philanthropist, and supporter of the arts connected with actress Ashley Fitzgerald Kelly (featured dancer in Cher, Trip of Love, On The Town, Gigi) to jump start the series.
“The unthinkable happened when Broadway closed,” Segal says, “As a mom at home with three kids and as a producer of women’s works with multiple projects suddenly halted, I thought 'Women know how to take a situation and creatively engage', so what can I do? I adore all the dancers I’ve worked with on Broadway and the ballet so I decided to hire them to get us all moving!”
“During this time where we all need to hunker down and stay at home, I want to ensure that we can remain upbeat, moving, healthy and positive through fun cardio and muscle toning sessions for the whole family,” shares Kelly, who met Segal while in Gigi. “We are also asking for people who want to take care of the community to donate to Broadway Cares.”
Each dance/exercise session will combine a mix of 10-minute short workouts to get the energy going, along with 45-minute sessions full of strength training and cardio. Some workouts will be LIVE and others will be pre-recorded and posted at specific times. Playlists will be on Spotify.
Classes premiered with Khori Michelle Petinaud, ensemble in Moulin Rouge The Musical and Aladdin, and this week's schedule includes Stephen Hana of Hello Dolly, Chip Abbott of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Carleigh Bettiol of Hamilton.